On acquisition of a product or service, many people pay no or less attention on privacy policies. The manufacturer is sharp enough to squeeze important pre-cautions in the stack up paragraphs. We are fast to hit the Accept Terms and Conditions button even before fully reading them detail to detail then later blame the manufacturer for leaked information or privacy violation of any manner.
When Facebook launched a new version of the platform, it was all merry and cheers to Mark Zukerberg at least to users who did not have a close look at the terms and conditions that authorize the company to gather data from users’ activity irrespective of whatever website they are browsing. The next time your skeletons pop up at an investors meeting, don’t say nobody warned you.
Not only are these manufacturers watching your online navigation but they have gone as far as sitting with you in the comfort of your living room. Just when you thought it is time to unwind after a long day. Samsung has issued a warning to smart TV owners over using voice activation feature.
In an exact clause that reads: Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.
The warning goes further down to say Samsung is not responsible for these providers’ privacy or security practices rather the users should exercise caution and review privacy statements applicable to the third party websites and services used by the consumer.
The alert to users was first made through online news magazine the Daily Beast which got privacy campaigners bashing the gadget manufacturer. The policy explains that the television set will be listening to people in the same room trying to capture commands issued in the process, the set collects personal and sensitive information which is usually among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.
Smart TV users have therefore been advised to turn off the voice recognition feature in a case they do not want to share any kind of information and the television set would always indicate if the feature is active since a microphone icon is visible on the screen.